Energy industry 2020 predictions – Part 1

We asked a number of global energy industry experts for their predictions for 2020 at European Utility Week and POWERGEN Europe recently. Here’s what they had to say about what they foresee in the year ahead.

Heymi Bahar, an analyst with the International Energy Agency, said: “We predicted that the renewable energy markets would rebound in 2019 from 2018’s installed capacity. I guess that, in 2020, we will see a higher rebound because of Chinese and US deployments of onshore wind.”

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Christos Aslanidis, director of PRIME Alliance, said: On the one hand, it’s the reduction of the carbon emissions and meeting the 20-20-20 targets, and on the other, it’s use cases which are related to the convenience of the user. These will ‘dictate’ the way the future will go. I wouldn’t say that in 2020 specifically we will see any big changes, but we will see a continuity of what’s happening already. And there’s quite a lot happening today.”

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Gudrun Senk, head of asset development at Wien Energie GmbH, said: “My prediction for 2020 is that we will discuss synthetic methane a lot more. At the moment, we discuss hydrogen as the saviour of tomorrow, but I think by next year, the mindset will change a little bit more. Green gas is not just hydrogen, but methane too, and we have to look more closely at how we are going to integrate it into our energy systems.”